New York City is full of little gems waiting to be discovered. Truthfully, though, we become so dazzled by the lights, mesmerized by the skyscrapers or are in such a mad rush to get from one place to the next that we miss some of the more obscure jewels that are in plain sight.
One such jewel is Library Way, a two-block long stretch of 41st Street between Fifth and Park Avenues that is a celebration of the written word. The project was born out of a partnership between the New York Public Library and Grand Central Partnership and was aimed at sprucing up the street.
Using passages from notable authors and artists as inspiration, over 40 unique bronze plaques created by the Andrews/Lefevre Studios now grace the otherwise grey sidewalk.
They’re not hard to spot, these plaques, but you’d probably walk right over them during rush hour. And if you did happen to spot them then, you’d hardly be able to stop and read let alone photograph them because of the foot traffic.
Go after rush hour and look for plaques with quotes from Marcus Aurelius, E.B. White, Tom Stoppard, Pablo Picasso, Langston Hughes, Dylan Thomas, Albert Camus, Julia Alvarez, Lucille Clifton, Henry David Thoreau and Gwendolyn Brooks, among others.
Click here to see all the plaques and quotes.
E 41st Street between Park and Fifth Avenues
New York City
Best seen outside of rush hour
Have you walked down Library Way?
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